Russia: Embassy in communication with IEA regarding aircraft incident

KABUL (Pajhwok): In relation to the recent crash of a Falcon 10B private business jet in northeastern Badakhshan province, Afghan officials are allegedly in contact with the Russian embassy in Kabul.

The plane vanished from radars on Saturday, but Afghan officials verified that it had crashed and that all four occupants had survived.

According to a spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, TASS, “Our embassy in Afghanistan is in touch with the local side.”

She noted that contact was made right after following a request from Rosaviatsiya (the Russian Federal Agency for Air Transport), and she thanked the Afghan side for their cooperation in the search and rescue effort.

Over the border between Afghanistan and Tajikistan, the aircraft lost contact and disappeared from radars. There were two Russians among the six passengers on the plane as it traveled from Thailand to Moscow.

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s (IEA) spokesperson, Zabihullah Mujahid, verified the missing plane’s location on Twitter, indicating that it was in the Aruz Koh neighborhood of Kuf Ab region. He said that all four of the people on board survived the crash and that the pilot was located by an IEA search team.

Four people were able to survive the collision, according to the Ministry of Transportation and Civil Aviation (MOTCA), which had earlier reported two fatalities.

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